What Products are Worth Buying?

goodguideWhat green products are the best for the environment?

Have you ever seen a product and questioned how much it helps the environment, society or effects the health of others? A new site called GoodGuide has just emerged. This site helps to build a comprehensive source of information on the environmental, social, and health performance of products and companies. This website is in beta testing, however, in the future, GoodGuide will have tools to let consumers screen this data through their own personal preferences, allowing them to “filter” and search for products and companies that match their specific values.

The ratings on GoodGuide are based off of the following data:
1) Health Performance: The impact on the company’s operations on its workers and local communities
2) Environmental Performance: The life-cycle impact of products
3) Social Performance: Social impacts the company has on employees, consumers, communities and even animals.

The ratings are on a scale of 0 to 10 (0 being the worst, 10 being the best). Some products claim that they are the best product for the environment, but are they really? With all the green washing going on these days it is pretty hard to believe all that is advertised to you. With this being said, based off of GoodGuide’s rating I will provide you with the Not Good, Average, Good, Better, Best, in other words the top 5.

Laundry detergent
In 5th place, Not Good: Lysol Disinfectant Spray Plus Fabric Refresher Rating of 5.3
In 4th place, Average: Sam’s Choice Power Clean Formula Detergent Rating 5.9
In 3rd place, Good: Vel Rosita Liquid Detergent Rating of 6.4
In 2nd place, Better: All Ultra Laundry Detergent, Stainlifter Plus Rating 8.1
In 1st place, Best: ECOS Ultra Concentrated Liquid Laundry Detergent Rating 8.8

Well you get the idea. Anyways, next time you are making a purchase and you want to know just how socially aware the company is who is manufacturing the product, whip out your blackberry and go to GoodGuide.com. Let me know if any of you have used this site. I went to go buy toothpaste today and I found that Pepsodent Toothpastewas the cheapest and rated very high.

Interview with The Clean Bin Project

cleanbinSo over the last few weeks I have been lucky to meet some pretty cool bloggers. A few weeks ago, I talked with Jen, Grant and Rhyannon who have a blog called The Clean Bin Project. I was so excited with what they are doing that I wanted to share it with all of you.

Inspired by a two-month cycle trip from Vancouver to Mexico, Jenny and Grant realized that you really don’t need that much stuff to live. For two months, they carried everything they had. Once they returned home, they were overwhelmed, they had a house full of stuff and this made them think… “Do we really need more?” This question prompted the beginning of The Clean Bin Project. On their website, they blog daily about how their journey is going, it is really funny and informative. Just last week I learned how to pop popcorn off of the cob! There are quite a few rules they have created…

The Rules:
1. We cannot buy any material goods.
2. We cannot buy anything that comes in non-recyclable packaging
3. We must avoid excess packaging
4. We must take all waste produced personally by us home with us.

The Garbage:
• We will compost all food scraps
• We will recycle all paper, glass, and plastic possible
• We will keep all true garbage (destined for the landfill) in our individual garbage cans for the entire year. The person with the least garbage at the end of the year wins.

There is another section where they outline the details to these rules, here is the link.

As I know, a lot of you have asked that I shorten my postings so I will summarize there big tips.
• Vancouver recycles 4 types of plastics, most places only recycle 2.
• There biggest tips, Plan ahead. Bring a container, or a mug. Carry a reusable shopping bag with you all the time.
• Soft plastics are a big no no
• Buy items in glass container if possible
• Buy from the bulk selection.
• Shop on the outer rim of the grocery store. Ask for your bread and cheese to be put in your own containers. (they might give you a weird look, but they will get over it)

The big thing here that you are probably asking yourself is, what is the convenience factor. When I asked them, they responded, “actually it is not that hard, not as hard as we thought it would be. Honestly, more people can make these changes, they just have to try.”

During the process of this project (they are on day 251now) they have been filming a documentary called Taking out the Trash: the Clean Bin Project. I highly suggest you watch it, its very very good.

Overall, these were amazing people to meet, and I hope they have inspired you to make a change, as much as they inspired me. To see their top ten tips click here. Last, challenge yourself. Maybe a year is not exactly the commitment you are ready to have now, but start with a day, a week, or any other amount of time. Challenge your friends, school, or co-workers. The first step to making a difference is taking a first step.

If any of you are brave enough to try it out, let me know! I myself will be. Be sure to check out how Jen, Grant and Rhyannon are doing on cleanbinproject.com`

Just A Little Inspiration

Hello All,

Week after week I show you ways to green your home and life on a budget. But now let me ask you a question, do you ever read some of my suggestions and think “ahh I just really don’t feel like putting that effort in” or “does it really make a difference if I do this?”. I do not think there is a lack of awareness for global warming, but I think every now and then it is good to take a step back and look at what we will lose if we don’t make a change. In this posting I want to give your eyes a break from text, and show you pictures. I hope you enjoy. Let me know what is your favorite. Thanks to TreeHugger and the Earth From the Air DVD for supplying these photos.

One of the most visible signs of global warming, the snows of Kilimanjaro have dwindled some 80 percent in little more than a century. Ice has also thinned significantly, leading scientists to believe the famous sight could be gone by 2020.

One of the most visible signs of global warming, the snows of Kilimanjaro have dwindled some 80 percent in little more than a century. Ice has also thinned significantly, leading scientists to believe the famous sight could be gone by 2020.

Los Glaciares National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site that contains 47 glaciers that originated from the continental glacial. Global warming will melt the ice, raising the level of the oceans by an average of 20 inches before the end of the 21st century and drowning the fertile shore areas.

Los Glaciares National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site that contains 47 glaciers that originated from the continental glacial. Global warming will melt the ice, raising the level of the oceans by an average of 20 inches before the end of the 21st century and drowning the fertile shore areas.

Mangrove swamps such as this one seen near Voh, New Caledonia cover nearly 25 percent of the world's coastal areas. That's just half their original range; exploitation of resources, agricultural and urban sprawl, and pollution have caused their demise. Vegetation gives way to bare spots, such as this heart-shaped one, where seawater rarely reaches

Mangrove swamps such as this one seen near Voh, New Caledonia cover nearly 25 percent of the world's coastal areas. That's just half their original range; exploitation of resources, agricultural and urban sprawl, and pollution have caused their demise. Vegetation gives way to bare spots, such as this heart-shaped one, where seawater rarely reaches

This is a picture that will soon be gone if we don't start to make a change. This is the Maldive Islands and they consists of 26 atolls and just under 1,200 islets, of which 250 are inhabited. With a maximum elevation of only 2.3 meters, and an average elevation of just 1.5 meters, it's easy to see why the Maldives are going to get inundated by only a small increase in sea levels.

This is a picture that will soon be gone if we don't start to make a change. This is the Maldive Islands and they consists of 26 atolls and just under 1,200 islets, of which 250 are inhabited. With a maximum elevation of only 2.3 meters, and an average elevation of just 1.5 meters, it's easy to see why the Maldives are going to get inundated by only a small increase in sea levels.

Don't let anything get in your way. Make a change, even if you it means chaning the norm

I hope you enjoyed all of these pictures, and hopefully this makes you have more passion towards the environment. I will leave you with this last picture :) Don't let anything get in your way. Make a change, even if you it means chaning the norm

Donate Without Spending a Penny

donateIf you are anything like me, you are a sucker for someone asking you if you would like to donate a few dollars to a charity. I swear, even if the last time I used my debit card it said insufficient funds, and I only have $5 in my wallet, I will end up putting back the sandwich I was going to buy in order to donate my last few dollars. I heard a while ago that there is a new way to donate money without having to give away any of your own money, it is called click to donate.

There are quite a few different websites out there that are great to use.

Care2
If you click here, you save 1 pound of carbon

The Hunger SiteIf you click here you protect 11.4 square feet of the rainforest

Andddd there are many more at this site, One Click at a Time

Last, this is a neat one. You pick your charity, and it donates money every time you search for something on the web (like google). It is called Good Search. Try it out!

These sites make money to give to charity by the advertisements you are viewing when you are clicking on their website. So really, all you are doing is clicking, and someone else is donating their money for you. Now that is a great way to help the environment, or any other cause for that matter, on a budget!

If clicking to donate is not your thing, try donating your computer’s idle time. Sounds strange? Click here to find out how you can donate your computing power to research projects.

Now you can put some more money into your RRSPs (remember the cutoff is midnight tonight!!!) and feel good about yourself.

Have any of you used this before? Can you suggest other sites that are good to go to?

Give Up Lint For Lent

frigidaire-affinity-washer-dryerThis is a pretty simple concept, if you don’t use your dryer, you save electricity, which reduces you electricity bill, but have you ever thought of the other ways it saves you money? When you put your clothes in the dryer you are actually ruining the elastic that holds the clothes together. This means, the more you put your clothes in the dryer, the faster they get worn out. By avoiding putting your clothes in the dryer, you are extending their life and increasing the amount of cash in your pocket.

I love the way Jess Yeager from the Ultimate Cheapskate blog puts it, “Given that the average American family spends about $1,800 a year on clothing, that $900 savings over, say, thirty years with a compounded interest rate of five percent could build you a nice little nest egg of close to $70,000. And that’s before factoring in the additional savings on energy and appliance costs when you line-dry instead of use a machine.”

Hmmm have you ever thought of it like that? That is a lot of money to save, not to mention the good feeling you will get for helping the environment

So what can I offer you? Your clothes do have to dry somehow, so here is a list of great ways to give up your dryer no matter what kind of house you live in. (I mean, come on now, I know not all of us live in the perfect country house with a cute little clothes line…or maybe I just thinks its cute)

1. Hang your clothes on hangers – maker sure to keep them far apart so they can dry.

1. Pin your clothes on to hangers
– if the item of clothing you have does not stay on a hanger, pin it to your hanger!

stainless-steel-clothes-rack_8373. Buy a clothes rack – put your small, lighter fabric clothes on the bottom, your heavier clothes on the top, and hang your bras and underwear off the side.

4. Hang large sheets over your shower rods

5. If its sunny, put your clothes outside – seems pretty simple, but take advantage of your resources outside. Use patio chairs, or tie a string from tree to tree and hang your clothes on the line.

6. If it is winter put your clothes by your heater – If you have a gas fire place you can place your clothes nearby. Make sure to keep them far enough away so they do not catch fire, and if you use a wood burning fire, you might want to avoid using it to dry your clothes to make sure you don’t smell like you went camping for the weekend. If you have vents, put your clothes rack by them.

A few more hints **
If you like the soft feeling of your clothes when they come out of the dryer, put them in the dryer for about 5 minutes right before they are almost dry and they will come out nice and soft. If you want to save even more money off your electricity bill, wash your clothes in cold water.

As you can see in Jess Yeager’s quote, there is a lot of money to be saved by ditching the dryer.

How many of you do this already? I came across this Youtube video and I absolutely love it and I thought it fit in quite well with this article. You might think air drying your clothes seems archaic, but the comedian Louis CK does a good job of making fun of this motion. Trust me, it is worth watching!

Water Bottle versus Tap Water

ilovetapSo I have had quite a few of you leave me some suggestions of what I can do to make this a better blog for everyone, and the most common feedback I am getting is, make it shorter! So I will do this, or try…I am sorry I just like to leave you a lot of information. Also, I had a suggestion to write about water bottle and tap water so here we go!

First thing, I told you I would let you know how many people clicked on the link that lead you to the pledge to be a vegetarian for 30 days. I am soo happy to let you know that 75 people have clicked on it! Obviously this doesn’t mean that all 75 are taking the pledge, but at least 75 people were interested enough to click. I am impressed! Okay trying to keep it short and to the point here…

Water bottles versus Tap Water
Simply put, drink tap water!

Canadian and American tap water is among the safest in the world. If you don’t believe me take a look at these 10 reasons to switch to the tap. Most of these figures are in American metrics.

1. Tap water costs $0.002 per gallon, where bottle water typically costs more than $10 per gallon.

2. In the U.S plastic bottle production requires about 17.6 million barrels of oil. And we thought driving cars was the problem…

3. Studies have found that when you drink bottled water you are also drinking fertilizer, pharmaceuticals, disinfectants, and other chemicals.

4. Even though you may think that most people recycle their water bottles, more than 86 percent of empty plastic water bottles in the United States land in the garbage instead of being recycled. Now that is bad for the environment.

5. Consumers are wasting hundreds and thousands of dollars on bottled water because they think it is healthier or safer than its counterpart from the tap. It is not. Tap water is safe and highly regulated and monitored. (and by the way, this isn’t me saying this, click here to see the source)

6. Four words, Aquafina is tap water. And your wasting how much money buying it?

“This is an industry that takes a free liquid that falls from the sky and sells it for as much as four times what we pay for gas.” – Richard Wilk, University of Indiana

7. According to Food and Water Watch, The Environmental Protection Agency requires that utility companies test municipal water hundreds of times per month, while the Food and Drug Administration requires only one water test per week by bottling companies.

8. Producing plastic bottles uses energy and emits toxic chemicals. Transporting the bottled water spews pollution into the air, adding to global climate change.

9. Giving up bottled water also helps our environment. The cost to the environment of producing water bottles for the year is equal to adding more than one million vehicles to the roads each year.

10. This is not really a fact, but it is a common reason for why people are not ditching the water bottle. They think they don’t like the taste of tap water. If you have a few minutes this is a great movie to watch. If you don’t have much time, take a look at minute 4. This makes you wonder if maybe people are just being water snobs… If you insist that you taste a difference, leave it out on the counter for a few seconds, or buy an inexpensive carbon filter (but trust me, you really dont have to).

So what can you do to save the environment and save money?
- Choose tap water over bottled watered
- Supposed increased funding for public drinking water
Join the Take Back the Tap Campaign. The more people in your area that signs this petition, the more your city will focusing on providing you with the best tap water possible…and if you read the points above, that will save you a lot of money.

If you want to learn more, click on these links…

Think Outside the Bottle

Thirst the Movie

Tips and Tools, and The Top Five

cloud-earthWell I hope you all enjoyed the Eating to Save the Environment posting series. I have had a few of you contact me through my email, so I thought I would share a few of their questions with everyone. a side note, I urge you to not be shy and comment on the actually posting so everyone can see, because most of you asked some very good questions. If you don’t want the world to see that you asked, just make up a fake name, like “Bobby Jo” or …or you get the point I think. Also, you don’t have to put your website in if you don’t have one, and your email that you enter in is never shown to the public. So please comment more!

I have decided to make this post out of a few random facts that I didn’t want to stretch into separate posts. So I will start by showing a few questions that were sent to me, and end with some tools to use, and some quick facts!

What is a vegetarian?
The Vegetarian Society states “A vegetarian is someone who does not eat meat, fish, poultry or any slaughterhouse by-product such as gelatin. Vegetarians live on a diet of grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruit, with or without free-range eggs, milk and milk products. Vegetarians not eating anything containing dairy products or eggs are called vegans.”

Why do people become vegetarians?
People often become vegetarians for one reason, the most common being, health, religion, environment, dislike of meat, compassion for animals, belief in non-violence, and economics. As time passes, many vegetarians often adopt some multiple reasons.

Where can I find clothes or shoes that look like they are leather, but they do not contain leather? (Leather alternatives)
This is a great question, and as I searched for the answer I was surprised to see how many other people were interested in knowing this answer. I found a 2006 <a href=” “>leather alternative guide. Even though it is from 2006 the links are very very helpful!

Here a few tips and tools I would like to share with you.

1. Printwhatyoulike.com
printwhat-youlike1
This is a really neat tool that allows you to pick and choose what parts of a webpage that you want or don’t want to print. This tool is a great way to save paper and ink! Honestly how many times have you printed something off the internet, only to use the bottom paragraph that accidently got printed onto a second page… yeahh it happens to me all the time. But, luckily, with this application you can pick exactly what you want to print. Just click here, and scroll to the video at the bottom ride hand corner of the screen.

2. GPS systems have a walking function
If you are one of those lucky people who own a GPS you are probably aware of this function, but for those of you who are not, there may be an added benefit for you. GPS systems are known for giving you directions in the form of shortest route, or most highways, but did you know you could also ask it to tell you the fastest route by foot? GPS manufacturers are realizing that more people are walking or riding their bike to work and are going to start to market a new angle to the GPS, the fastest walking route. Even Google has realized the demand, and has now added a “walking” option to their drop list.

3. If you are planning to move, look at the five cities that are making the most impressive strides towards eco-friendliness and sustainability.

hollywoodAccording to Grist, these are the top 5


1. Reykjavik, Iceland

“Greenland is icy and Iceland is green”? Okay, now that we have that figured out, Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, has been putting hydrogen buses on its streets. This country has been making major steps towards becoming fossil-fuel-free by 2050 by obtaining their energy entirely from renewable geothermal and hydropower sources.

2. Portland, Oregon, U.S.

I guess it doesn’t just have good shopping…(no sales tax for those of you who don’t know). Portland uses light rail, buses, and bike lands to try to reduce the amount of cars on the road. Also, it is the first US city to create a plan to reduce CO2 emissions and has aggressively pushed green building initiatives. There is 92,000 acres of green space and more than 74 miles of hiking, running, and biking trails.

3. Curitiba, Brazil
This Brazilian city is home to one of the world’s best bus systems, with approximately 3/4 of the population relying on it. The municipal parks benefit from the work of a flock of 30 lawn-trimming sheep, which helps to create the 580 square feet of green space per inhabitant.

4. Malmö, Sweden
Malmö has a goal to make itself an “ekostaden” (eco-city), and is known as the home to many parks and green space. Several neighborhoods have already been transformed using innovative design and are planning to become more socially, environmentally, and economically responsive.

5. Vancouver, Canada
Ahh, home sweet home. Vancouver is home to the best of the best…me. I joke, I joke, it is home to the mountains, the ocean, and is a natural draw for nature lovers. British Columbia can be proud to say that 90 per cent of its power comes from renewable sources. British Columbia is planning to take advantage of its wind, solar, wave, and tidal energy to reduce its fossil-fuel use. Don’t take my word for it though, just see the changes we are making for our 2010 Olympics debut.

Let me ask you a few questions…

If you were to move to a different city, would its degree of innovation be a deciding factor?

If you could live in any of these 5 places, where would you live?

Until next time,

Kate

Eating to Save the Environment Part 3 (The End!!)

Okay guys, well this is the last posting in this series. For those of you who got through reading my last post, I commend you! There is a neat tool in wordpress that lets you see what terms people type in to search engines that lead them to my website. A few examples of words that lead people to my Eating Green to Save the Environment post were, “death to animals by eating them”, “killing animals by making them food”, “humans are murderers”, and the last and most disturbing one “bloody murder by eating”. Hope you haven’t lost your lunch yet… but it is kind of weird to see the image some people have around eating animals. Make what you want with those terms, but I thought I would just share them with you. (You probably wish I hadn’t….)

As a few of your comment have noted, its hard to be a vegetarian, and it is not for everyone. I would like to twist you’re arm a little more though, so hopefully these helpful tips and tricks will make you feel less guilty for eating Babe. (if you didn’t get that joke, it was that you are eating that cute little pig character….get it? No…? Ahh I tried) Thanks to the Factory Farming Campaign for these suggestions!

Reduce
Every hour in the United States, one million animals are killed for human consumption. If each one of us cuts back on our animal consumption by only 10%, approximately one billion animals would be spared a lifetime of suffering each year.

Refine
If you do continue to eat animal products, know that not all animal products are equal when it comes to animal welfare. Each industry has its own abusive practices, and some are much more cruel than others. For example, the chicken, egg, turkey, and pork industries tend to be far more abusive to animals than the beef industry. And a growing number of producers are raising animals without intensive confinement. Refining your diet by choosing cage free animal products, instead of the conventional factory farm products that fill most supermarket shelves, will help to reduce animal suffering.

Replace
Each one of us can help prevent animals from suffering in factory farms simply by choosing vegetarian options. It’s never been easier to replace animal products with readily available vegetarian alternatives. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “Vegetarian diets can meet all the recommendations for nutrients.” The American Dietetic Association goes even further to state that vegetarian diets “provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.”

Need Help Getting Started?
Visit the HSUS Guide to Vegetarian Eating for more information on how you can help farm animals when you eat, including delicious recipes, tips on incorporating more animal-free meals into your diet, shopping list suggestions, and much more. And for more information on the lives of farm animals and other ways you can help them, visit http://www.FarmAnimalWelfare.org.

A few more tips,

Try to eat at a vegetarian restaurant for a change once in a while. The food tastes great, and its better for your waistline. Try this site, it says its a Toronto site, but you can click on any of the links, enter in your location, and then you can see some good places to go around you.

Another great resource is the Vegetarian Resource Group it looks like its low budget, but it has some really good resources to find out more about being a vegetarian in a nutshell.

Also, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE go to this link and watch this short clip, and Pledge to be a vegetarian for 30 days.
I will post the amount of people who clicked on this link a few days so you can see how many people really might be thinking about reducing the amount of meat they eat.

Last, if you are interested in being a vegetarian, or eating less meat, click here to get your free Vegetarian Starter Package.

If I have changed any of your minds, please tell me. As a quick ending to tie it back into the blog, saving the environment can happen in many ways. Most people think you need to buy the most energy efficient car, or invest a lot of money into changing your house around to be more green. I hope these posting opened your eyes to see that you can save the environment by making little changes to the way you eat, and this could possibly the most inexpensive and most convenient way to save the environment.

Until next time,

Kate

Eating to Save the Environment Part 2

!!!Warning here folks, I am not holding back on this article. Some of the pictures and information is very disturbing!!!

Hello All,

Thanks for being patient with this part of the posting. This weekend was a HELL weekend, and I hope to not step foot in a hospital for a very very long time.

Now, as you know now, being a vegetarian, or even eating less meat helps the environment, BUT if that isn’t enough for you to save the earth, maybe the idea of saving a few animals might entice you to make the change.

Welcome to the ugly side of eating meat. I bet it never crossed your mind to think about what happens to the animals. I think the best way to show this to you is through the use of pictures. Hopefully you don’t have a weak stomach…

Lets take a look at Cows…

One million calves are raised for veal annually in the United States—intensively confined in individual stalls so small they can’t turn around during their entire 16- to 18-week lives before slaughter. Widely known for their inherent cruelty, veal crates are being phased out in Europe—yet remain in use throughout the United States.

One million calves are raised for veal annually in the United States—intensively confined in individual stalls so small they can’t turn around during their entire 16- to 18-week lives before slaughter. Widely known for their inherent cruelty, veal crates are being phased out in Europe—yet remain in use throughout the United States.

Dairy cows are so overburdened that they are considered “productive” for only two years and typically are slaughtered when four years old, their bodies battered and weak.

Dairy cows are so overburdened that they are considered “productive” for only two years and typically are slaughtered when four years old, their bodies battered and weak.

Just in the United States, approximately 35 million cattle are killed for beef, 9 million cows are raised for milk, and 1 million calves are raised for veal yearly. Now you have to understand, these killings are brutal, and are done without thinking of the animal at all. Most cows are slaughtered when they are 4 years old. Their 4 year life involves them being castrated, dehorned and branded without any anesthesia.

Now, lets take a look at Chickens…

As male chicks cannot lay eggs and aren’t the same breeds as those chickens raised for meat, they are of no value to the egg or broiler industries. Shortly after hatching, hundreds of millions of unwanted male chicks are killed by the commercial egg industry annually, usually by gassing, crushing, or suffocation.

As male chicks cannot lay eggs and aren’t the same breeds as those chickens raised for meat, they are of no value to the egg or broiler industries. Shortly after hatching, hundreds of millions of unwanted male chicks are killed by the commercial egg industry annually, usually by gassing, crushing, or suffocation.

This makes me sick, 1 million chickens that are raised for meat are killed each hour. Can you believe that? The sad part is, dying is the easy part. Chickens are raised as fast as possible so they can be sold for meat. To do this, fast growth formulas are given to them. This might not seem like a painful experience, but picture this, the Univeristy of Arkansas Division of Agriculture reports, “If you grew as past as a chicken, you’d weigh 349 pounds at age 2″. As a result, 90% of broiler chickens have painful leg problems, and 26% suffer chronic pain as a result of bone diseases. All these growth hormones put these animals on the edge of structural failure. But who cares there just chickens right? Well Let me ask you as question, what animal do you think I am describing?

These animals exist in stable social groups. They can recognize each other by their facial features. They have 24 distinct cries that communicate a wealth of information to one another.

It’s a chicken… So next time you think that they are “just chickens” think again.

Last, lets take a look at pigs…

I think you get the point of how much they are abused, so I will just show you some pictures.

Right before giving birth, the pregnant sows are moved from gestation crates into equally restrictive farrowing crates, stalls designed to separate mother pig from her nursing piglets and so small she can only stand up and lie down.

Right before giving birth, the pregnant sows are moved from gestation crates into equally restrictive farrowing crates, stalls designed to separate mother pig from her nursing piglets and so small she can only stand up and lie down.

Sick and injured pigs were brought to a pen where they were, in many cases, left to die without veterinary care. This pig was unable to drink for days before finally dying.

Sick and injured pigs were brought to a pen where they were, in many cases, left to die without veterinary care. This pig was unable to drink for days before finally dying.

Okay, well I hope I still have a few readers still with me right now. As you can see, the abuse animals go through for the sake of being eating is disgusting. There was a quote that made me be a vegetarian and I would like to share it with you.

I don’t eat meat, because I do not want my body to be an animals’ graveyard.

Now, I understand being a vegetarian is not for everyone, and I promise I won’t hold anything against you if you just like to eat meat. Malcolm Gladwell says awareness is no longer the problem with the environment, action is. I agree, but I think this is a part of being sustainable that not many are aware of. Simply reducing the amount of meat you eat per week can make huge changes in the environment, AND can save the lives on many animals. The last posting in this series will teach you ways to eat less meat, and teach you ways to cook vegetarian meals that I promise you will like….annnd of course I will show you how to do this on a budget.

Let me know what you think of this article. Are the pictures to harsh? Did any of you not make it to the end? Did this make any of you think differently about the meat you are eating?

I would love to hear from you.

Part 2 Will Come in Two Days

Hello to all my readers,

I just wanted to let all of you know that I will not be posting part 2 for about two more days. There are some health problems happening in my family which has caused me to be in the hospital all weekend, and I will be returning tomorrow. I hope you all understand, and I promise I will post the second part to this blog on Tuesday.

Thank you all for understanding,

Kate